Better Spaghetti


Who doesn't love spaghetti!? Our lovely nutritionist Theresa Albert shares one of her favourite family recipes that's healthier for you.

Better Spaghetti

Serves 6+

Prep time: 30 minutes


1 pound medium ground beef (or chicken or turkey or meatless ground)
1 whole onion, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole red pepper, grated
1 whole zucchini
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon fennel seed, optional
1 28 oz can canned pumpkin
1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 4-5 oz can tomato paste
1 cup red wine (or water)
1/4 cup chia (Salba) seeds
8 cups whole wheat penne


  1. Brown meat and drain all fat through a strainer, run under hot water.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon of water to cook onion, garlic and red pepper in pot, add back ground beef.
  3. Stir in Italian seasoning and fennel seeds.
  4. Add canned pumpkin and zucchini and simmer to heat through.
  5. Add tomato sauce and paste, add wine.
  6. Allow to simmer for an hour, stirring often.
  7. Add chia seeds just at the end and stir in.
  8. Serve over pasta.

Better Spaghetti


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